Kyabram Free Press

Big plans for Little Athletics

- By Myles Peterson

The region’s Little Athletics president, Kyabram-based Claudia Moore, has big plans to bring the state championsh­ips to the area and further improve local athletics facilities.

“Ideally, (hosting the state championsh­ips) would be fantastic,” she said.

“For once we would not be the ones travelling. If you consider our region, we span from Bendigo through to Albury to Seymour — we're the ones that often have to travel to Melbourne and it would be great to have the competitio­n out here.”

On top of the push for more locally-based state competitio­n, Ms Moore has been working to improve facilities and equipment in Kyabram, recently acquiring new hurdles, sourcing funding for new high-jump equipment and laying plans for a synthetic track.

A grant from Budget Direct enabled the purchase of around 50 new hurdles and the Kyabram club is looking to build on the grant by offering individual sponsorshi­p of each hurdle.

“From this we have been able to have Empire Signs Group jump on board to sponsor us and we'd like to offer local businesses and past and present families the opportunit­y to mark their name on a piece of history,” Ms Moore said.

Describing itself as the “foundation for all sports”, nationally Little Athletics attracts some 100,000 fiveto 15-year-old boys and girls annually, competing in a range of track and field events. Many participan­ts also play other team sports and use the training and competitio­n to hone their skills and fitness, according to Ms Moore.

Kyabram's Little Athletics operates competitio­n on Wednesday afternoons with the prospect of participan­ts going on to compete at regional, state and national level later in the season.

“We often have athletes competing in the regional event — the Northern Country region — and then if they are successful there and win first place, occasional­ly second and third, they may progress through to the state championsh­ips and compete against athletes from across Victoria. From there they may be picked to go to a national squad,” Ms Moore said.

With COVID-19 restrictio­ns lifting and plans to return to a semblance of normal life over the next two months, the club is now looking towards the 2021-22 athletics season and is calling on new and returning members to get in touch.

The club offers a two-week free trial competitio­n to new members.

“Just fill in the form. Basically that entitles you to two free nights of trialling. After those two weeks of trial they can then decide whether they would like to become a paid member,” Ms Moore said.

Inquiries about participat­ing or sponsorshi­p can be made by visiting

or emailing kyabram@lavic.com.au or by contacting Claudia Moore directly on 0409 886 929.

 ??  ?? Looking ahead: Kyabram Little Athletics committee members Nikki and Luke Greenshiel­d, Mandy Woods, Kylie Kilpatrick, Siobhan Thompson, Brooke Cleveland, David Green, Kellie Parsons, Michelle Taylor, Kerryn Locke and Claudia Moore pictured with some athletes ready for the 202122 season to begin.
Looking ahead: Kyabram Little Athletics committee members Nikki and Luke Greenshiel­d, Mandy Woods, Kylie Kilpatrick, Siobhan Thompson, Brooke Cleveland, David Green, Kellie Parsons, Michelle Taylor, Kerryn Locke and Claudia Moore pictured with some athletes ready for the 202122 season to begin.
 ??  ?? Jump to it: Past ‘little athlete’ and employee Keeley Genio, a hurdler himself back in the day, with president Claudia Moore, who was an athlete when the centre first opened in 1994, showcasing the new hurdles and stickers.
Jump to it: Past ‘little athlete’ and employee Keeley Genio, a hurdler himself back in the day, with president Claudia Moore, who was an athlete when the centre first opened in 1994, showcasing the new hurdles and stickers.

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